How Much is Robinson Cano Really Worth?
Brian Kenny of MLB Network recently suggested that Robinson Cano should get $252 million after this year because he is worth seven wins per season in the stupid category of "Wins Above Replacement." This category is almost as stupid as giving Carl Pavano $40 million over four years. Why? Seven wins in the regular season means nothing in the postseason if you don't hit and lead, which Cano has yet to do either.
So that brings us to how much Cano is worth after this season, his free agent year. He is a clear five-tool player with talent so the Yanks do want to keep him and rightfully so, and Robbie dumped agent Scott Boras for Jay-Z, so the deal should be a little easier to close for Hank and Hal (if they even remember they are running the team) and Brian Cashman.
10-years is too long of a deal. Five years is too short. Think seven years and $20 million per season. Pitchers like Justin Verlander are getting that kind of money, but they DO make a difference. Until Cano makes a difference in October and leads the team (which he probably never will because it isn't in his DNA), he is worth more than $15 million annually, but not quite worth Albert Pujols money.
By: Mike Lindsley, 1-4 daily host and Yankee pre/post game host on 104.5 The Team. Follow him on Twitter @MikeLSports.